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May 15, 2019

A quarter of a century has passed since the first women were ordained to the priesthood by the Church of England.

Revd Dilly Baker, now the Rector at St Mary’s Church in Stoke Newington, played a key role in the campaign – appearing regularly in the media.

Her memories of that landmark day are as clear as ever and she took time to tell her story to the Local Buyers Club.

Dilly’s first foray into work...

April 28, 2019

Take That’s Mark Owen has recorded a charity single with children at Grasmere Primary in Stoke Newington.

The world-famous singer re-released ‘Hold up a Light’, one of Take That’s most popular songs, in tribute to Linda Brown, whose son Jamie (a dad at the school) co-wrote the song. Linda, a former singing teacher, died aged 71 from cancer last year and money raised will go towards the hospice that...

October 9, 2018

Over 210 years ago members of the Ince family came to East London almost penniless and set up a business making and repairing umbrellas. 

They came to Spitalfields because the silk industry was thriving there and it was a good spot from which to sell into the city. 

The umbrellas produced by James Ince & Sons Umbrellas Ltd were hand-sewn by gas light and sold on markets in London and Suffolk. Umbrel...

June 29, 2018

We’ve stumbled across London’s most unusual workspace.

Sunlight pours through the glass roof above a stunning central café Feest where most of the vegetables are grown in the owner’s allotment and plants hang everywhere. Offices and shared work space set over two levels are dotted around and there’s a wellbeing studio where workers and the public can practise yoga.

The Greenhouse is a huge former nu...

May 5, 2018

As the sun comes out a little more we know just the spots to enjoy some alfresco dining.

Our top-15 list includes an award-winning parkside café, a foodie-bar with a view of the canal, a restaurant with a stunning walled garden, a brand new East London market and some fabulous places to soak up the hubbub of a busy high street and people-watch.

Here they are, in no particular order.

The pretty walle...

February 14, 2018

From the mountains of Slovakia to the hubbub of Hackney –  Martin Kicura has worked in restaurants all over Europe but London feels like home.

The 30-year-old helps run Venerdi, a popular family-owned Italian restaurant in Clapton. It’s the latest business to offer a discount to members of the Local Buyers Club. (15% off - info here)

He said: “Big chains can put more into marketing and PR and squeez...

November 28, 2017

Dust off your Christmas jumper and prepare for a fun night out on Church Street!

Local businesses are preparing for a festive late-night shopping event on Thursday December 14th and there’ll be mulled wine and fizz aplenty! 

The event, which is being coordinated by Andi’s Restaurant and the Local Buyers Club, will feature Hackney Song Works Choir, the chance to hop aboard a fire engine and...

November 21, 2017

For the past decade Rémy Zentar has been ploughing his passion for food and his wealth of travelling experience into his deli and café on Chatsworth Road.

The father-of-two, who grew up in Lyon in France, launched L'épicerie 56 in 2007 just after his son Izac was born. He’d been working in the catering and hospitality industry in South Africa and California and wanted to be more local.

He said: “Whe...

October 23, 2017

It has been a monumental year for haggis toastie business Deeney’s.

In 2017 the East London business was rated one of London’s Best Sandwiches by Time Out, they sold their first franchise to Tokyo and four weeks ago proprietors Carol Deeney, 30, and Paddy Dwyer, 32, tied the knot in Aberdeen.

The couple met through mutual friends at a music festival in Berlin. He worked in digital marketing and she...

September 21, 2017

A sliding-doors encounter in Newington Green with a former school friend from Macedonia reignited a friendship through which one of Stokey’s most special restaurants was born.

Childhood friends Jana Miseva and Elena Smileva launched The Lacy Nook a year ago after raising £22,000 through a Kickstarter campaign – they also ploughed in all their savings and carried out much of the building work themse...

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